Anxiety in an Age of Fear

In the 21st century over 33% of the world’s population is affected by an anxiety or panic disorder. Anxiety Attacks are when a person gains an intense, foreboding feeling of doom and fear; a fear of losing control of your thoughts and actions, and of everything that’s going on around you. They increase the sudden need to run away from a situation.

Oftentimes you could be having an anxiety attack and never even know. Even though only 33% of the population has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it’s estimated that only 3-5% of people who have had a panic attack actually have an anxiety or panic disorder. Now, if you’re wondering what that means, we’re essentially saying that the other 95-97% of people who have had a panic attack don’t actually have an anxiety or panic disorder. Meaning any one of us could be subject to the rollercoaster of emotions that panic attacks bring with them.

Culturally it’s been ingrained into humanity (especially so in American culture) that feeling anxiety or the need to cry is weak and innately inferior. But all of mankind at some point in their life has suffered from anxiety or an intense surge of negative emotion. It’s completely normal, most definitely in our current times.

Right now because of quarantine and social distancing we as a whole are seeing a surge in depression and panic attacks. Be that because we’re stressed over COVID-19 or lack of social interaction, it’s greatly effecting us all as American people and fully as members of humanity.

Back in March right when the United States first went under country-wide lockdown it was estimated that their would be a large surge in anxiety and depression. Now, 8 months later, an estimated over 60% of Americans suffer from depression and have noticed an increase in anxiety.

To sum it up, we’re all suffering right now. Be it physically, economically, or mentally 2020 has meant tough times ahead, and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down. The CDC recommends the best way to deal with current stresses is to remember to take care of your physical health, give yourself some unwind time, to connect and socialize with friends, and, most importantly, to remember to take care of yourself.

Off the record: you’re going to get through this. Believe in yourself and remember I believe in you too.

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